Am I the only person who hates movie adaptations? I also don’t like game adaptations, which is when they take a movie/novel and make it into a game (I’m looking at you, Age of Conan). However, I am going to focus on movie adaptations for this topic.
The biggest complaint I have about movie adaptations is that it destroys the interest of reading the books they were based on. Before the days when I looked up summaries of movies online, I would watch a movie and find out that it was based on a book. I already know the story just by seeing the movie, so what would be the point of reading the book? The surprise scenes and the plot twists wouldn’t be so unique since I’ve already seen them in the movie. Now that I know of this trend (which dates back to the 1920’s), I have been looking up recent movies on Wikipedia and checking to see if they are based on existing novels. It’s pretty surprising for me that a good number of these books were made into movies, as well as the fact that they trimmed and altered the storyline to fit the two-hour requirement or to satisfy the movie audience. I’m not even sure if I want to read a book first and then watch the movie, because that would mean that the movie will dismantle and replace my imagination of the story piece by piece as I watch the movie. I could try to ignore the movie’s portrayal of the novel…
But then what would be the point of watching the movie in the first place? And seriously, why couldn’t they just pick one form of media and stick with it?
I’ve already read a few stories that I hoped wouldn’t be made into movies, and I’m sure that most people would reply by saying, “Just don’t watch the movies.” Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. In fact, I’m going to boycott every movie adaptation out there and read the books instead. Is anyone with me, or am I alone with this?